Our Mission & History
Founded in 1972, The Tourette Association of America (formerly known as the Tourette Syndrome Association) has emerged as the premier national non-profit organization working to make life better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. We do this by:
- Raising public awareness and fostering social acceptance.
- Working to advance scientific understanding, treatment options and care.
- Educating professionals to better serve the needs of children, adults and families challenged by Tourette and Tic Disorders.
- Advocating for public policies and services that promote positive school, work and social environments.
- Providing help, hope and a supportive community across the nation.
- Empowering our community to deal with the complexities of this spectrum of disorders.
We offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS. We raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS. Our membership includes individuals, families, relatives, and medical and allied professionals working in the field.
Program development, education and medical programs, government outreach, adherence to the Tourette Association of America’s mission, maximizing efforts, minimizing expenses, TeamTourette events, awareness month, publications, chapter relations, research grants, scientific and medical conferences, are ongoing efforts of the Tourette Association of America’s full-time professional staff.
Volunteers of extraordinary dedication and professional merit serve on the Tourette Association of America’s Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board (MAB), Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and Education Advisory Board (EAB).
The Tourette Association of America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.